Most boutique shops rely on other people's technology to keep the insides of your expensive machine cool. With a custom-designed chassis, the proprietary Cryo-TEC liquid cooling system, and software capable of controlling 13 case fans all at once, Digital Storm's Aventum isn't your average boutique machine.

The Aventum is a PC designed from the ground-up by Digital Storm's engineers to give users complete control over their machine's temperature and performance. It's made with PC gamers in mind, specifically the sort of PC gamers that aren't content to let sleeping hardware lie, tweaking it and twisting it until it burns with the red-hot fury of a thousand suns.

That's where the Aventum's patent pending thermal exhaust chamber comes into play. Where other liquid-cooled systems suck in cool air through the their radiators and then blow the resulting hot air back into the PC, the Aventum utilizes the impressive Cryo-TEC technology to dissipate CPU heat through direct contact, the liquid then processed through a trio of 420mm heat exchange radiators, blowing heat out the rear exhaust.


Along with the hardware, each Aventum ships with Windows software that allows users to monitor five different heat zones independently via up to 13 case fans. It also lets you change case's LED light colors, which isn't as helpful but endlessly more entertaining.

A built-in LCD display on the side of the chassis keeps all of the pertinent information at your fingertips, so if the temperature inside ever reaches the level of say, a normal PC, you can look at it and go "huh" perhaps rubbing your chin thoughtfully for effect.


[gallery 5897155]Of course with great power comes great price; the lowest end Aventum rings up at a heart-stopping $3,859, with the top-of-the-line model weighing in at nearly $8,000 (and that's for the base unit). Obviously this isn't a machine for the weekend gamer. Only the most dedicated players or professionals would lay down that amount of money for a rig someone else built.

Still it sounds like a spectacular machine. I imagine the improvement over my current rig would be comparable to the performance of a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren over my 95 Nissan Pathfinder (with broken manifold). This is an apt comparison, as I will never be able to afford either.


Digital Storm Gaming PCs [Official Website]